(1931 – 1993)
Semenov Julian Semenovich (1931 – 1993), the prose writer. He was born on October 8 in Moscow. After school, he entered the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow, after which he worked as an assistant at Moscow State University in 1953, then went to Kabul (Afghanistan) as an interpreter from afghani.
Since 1958 he has been published in various magazines – Ogonek, Smena, etc. In 1962 – 67 he was a member of the editorial board of the Moscow magazine, then he worked abroad as a correspondent for the Literaturnaya Gazeta. He wrote a large number of short stories, novels and novels of an acute adventure: “49 hours 25 minutes” (1960), “In the line of duty” (1962), “Petrovka, 38” (1963), “Major Vikhr” (1967), “Seventeen Moments of Spring “(1969),” Diamonds for the dictatorship of the proletariat “(1971). Almost all the works of Yu Semenov were screened and enjoyed great success with the audience. A multi-part television film “Seventeen Moments of Spring” was watched by the whole country.
The following works of the writer were also popular: “Alternative” (1975 – 78), “TASS is authorized to declare…” (1979), “Ordered to survive” (1983), “Press Center” (1984) and many others.
In 1986 he became the President of the International Association of the Detective and Political Novels (MAPPR) and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Detective and Politics, who did a lot to popularize the detective genre in the USSR. Yu Semenov took part in the search for the famous Amber Room, taken out by the fascists from Leningrad, publishing a series of essays on the subject in the newspapers.
He was the organizer of the newspaper “Top Secret” and its first editor-in-chief. Until the end of his days, Semenov took an active part in the social and political life of the country. Died Yu
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.